Topic: The Hole in the Block Gang

New member here. #1 went through the side and peeled back the front half of the pan. The guys seemed quite pleased.

Our pit neighbors did the same with #1 in turn 1 of lap 1 on Saturday of their first race in Lemons. Coasted to turn 2, somehow, they said. They were adamant that they made it past turn 1. They put in a backup motor and returned to racing later that day.

I met another guy later Sunday whose team also joined the club.

Jay should make patches for members of such an exclusive club, one that eventually everyone in Lemons will join.

Proof of membership:
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Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

Well done, sir! This was in the tinyvette? We wondered where you went on day two. Sorry for the trouble and hope to see you at T-Hill.

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

Yep, that was us.

I've learned a lot about engines this year. This was our first ever rod-throw, though.

We'll be ready for Thunderhill.

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

Forget better rod bolts, we need stronger pans.

1990 RX7 "Mazdarita" 
1994 Jaguar XJ12 (Winner C-Class 2013 Sears Pointless)
1964 Sunbeam Imp (IOE 2013 Sears Pointless)
1980 Rover SD1 (I Got Screwed 2014 Return of Lemonites) (Sold -> Houston.  Gone and forgotten)

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

Maybe not as impressive as your results, but I think it still buys me entrance into the exclusive Lemons Window Club for my Prelude at the 2015 Loudon race!


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MarioKart Driving School: 1987 Honda Prelude Opus #28  (still can't win anything...)

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

I have tried to get Jay to make merit-badge-style patches for junkyard engine swaps during race weekend, holes in engine block, etc., but he seems unenthusiastic. Never mind that the IOE patches were my idea, and those were a hit.

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Judge Phil wrote:

I have tried to get Jay to make merit-badge-style patches for junkyard engine swaps during race weekend, holes in engine block, etc., but he seems unenthusiastic. Never mind that the IOE patches were my idea, and those were a hit.

Sincerely, THANKS for the IOE patches!

I'm down for the merit badge swaps as well. If I can help somehow, tell me which congressperson to write to.

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Welcome to the club.  It's safe to say that membership doesn't come with any perks reclaimable for even a discount breakfast.

Now the merit badges might be kinda cool...Ideas...

Thrown rod
Thrown rods  (multiples - at the same time or in sequence after a sketchy beer can patch job)
Drive it till the wheels fall off (sheared studs, broken hub, or otherwise lost wheel on track)
Layin' Pipe (dragging muffler)
Welded brake backing plates to the rotor.

Ive got four of the above..

He's a new man now, part of the machine,
His nerves of metal and his blood oil.
The clutch curses, but the gears obey,
His least bidding, and lo, he's away.

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We've taken it upon ourselves to create our own perpetual trophy for the most unfortunate member of the team at each race.  This young man, who undoubtedly puts in the most work on our cars, watched in eager anticipation as our 3rd engine (out of 2 cars) got blowed up about 5 minutes before his stint was to begin.  Sadly we have not yet joined the "Hole in the Block Gang" but trust me, we're working on it.
http://i68.tinypic.com/2uj5nba.jpg

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cheseroo wrote:

Forget better rod bolts, we need stronger pans.

You'll want something stronger than the finest Swedish cast iron down there. Trust me.

http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LTH13/1000-Thunderhill_24_Hours_of_LeMons_2013-UG.jpg

1982 MG Metro 1300: IOE 2015 Pacific Northworst GP, Longest Distance 2010 Cd'L Box Wine Country Classic
1980 KV Mini 1: Worst of Show and Fright Pig Supremo 2009 Concours d'Lemons
1978 H Special: Second-Round Elimination 2010 Lemons Pinewood Derby at Sears Pointless
1967 SAAB 96: IOE 2012 Pacific Northworst GP

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

I've been told we can patch the block by brazing a piece of steel to it. Sounds appropriately LeMony. Does anyone see a problem with this idea?

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m610 wrote:

I've been told we can patch the block by brazing a piece of steel to it. Sounds appropriately LeMony. Does anyone see a problem with this idea?

Seems like overkill if you ask me....
http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/06-Apocalyptic-Racing-1978-Toyota-Celica-at-24-Hours-of-LeMons-Detroit-626x426.jpg
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Apocalyptic Racing - Occupy Pit Lane racing
Racing the "Toylet" Toyota Celica powered by Chevrolet Ecotec.
16x Loser with the Celica. 5 times loser in other fine machines

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

m610 wrote:

I've been told we can patch the block by brazing a piece of steel to it. Sounds appropriately LeMony. Does anyone see a problem with this idea?

As long as it's not part of the structure supporting the mains, it should be fine.  Otherwise, all you're trying to do is keep oil from leaking.

As long as we're sharing pix of our little holes....

http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LTH13/0300-Thunderhill_24_Hours_of_LeMons_2013-UG.jpg

1990 RX7 "Mazdarita" 
1994 Jaguar XJ12 (Winner C-Class 2013 Sears Pointless)
1964 Sunbeam Imp (IOE 2013 Sears Pointless)
1980 Rover SD1 (I Got Screwed 2014 Return of Lemonites) (Sold -> Houston.  Gone and forgotten)

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I can't find the picture of the engine, but here's some of the carnage from MSR 2014. I think that chunk of camshaft still lives in the toolbox.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/24-Hours-of-LeMons-Gator-O-Rama-Heroic-Fix-4.jpg

If that's not enough, here's the old engine from my daily driver.

http://i.imgur.com/n8cZSvY.jpg

Command Pilot/Flight Director, Escape Velocity Racing
Index of Effluency, Heroic Fix, Class C Trophy, now hopelessly gunning for Class B.
Currently 1-2 vs. Team Fairlylame in the Class of 1964 Championships

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

Hamsa9 wrote:

Welcome to the club.  It's safe to say that membership doesn't come with any perks reclaimable for even a discount breakfast.

Now the merit badges might be kinda cool...Ideas...

Thrown rod
Thrown rods  (multiples - at the same time or in sequence after a sketchy beer can patch job)
Drive it till the wheels fall off (sheared studs, broken hub, or otherwise lost wheel on track)
Layin' Pipe (dragging muffler)
Welded brake backing plates to the rotor.

Ive got four of the above..


YES! 

"Drive it till the wheels fall off (sheared studs, broken hub, or otherwise lost wheel on track)"

Looks like I have a natural talent for this!

I got 2!

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Thompson 2015: took a turn, car flew off the track into the dirt....and then I see my left front wheel passing me...
(I need to get a GoPro for all my memorable days/mis haps in the Lemons races!)

MarioKart Driving School: 1987 Honda Prelude Opus #28  (still can't win anything...)

Re: The Hole in the Block Gang

I personally only did the brake pad welding part, but my team did all except throwing a single rod. Because when Super K throws a rod, it throws two for good measure.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/14-02-K-It-FWD-1987-Plymouth-Reliant2-626x426.jpg

K Car Stalker